Advert for the Princess's Theatre
Medium: Lithograph, coloured
Named in honour of the then-princess Victoria, this theatre opened in 1836 and closed in 1902. Its most popular era spanned the 1880s and 1890s, when it began to attract the lower-middle and working classes, as well as the more prosperous members of society. Confined in the cheap seats of the pit or gallery as they may have been, it was this working class audience that most strongly influenced the choice of acts that performed. Sensational melodramas such as the one advertised here were very popular, especially as the theatre produced intricate sets and realistic props. The Princess was a very attractive venue for performers as well - unusually for that era, it paid its actors, dancers and singers even when they fell sick or were unable to perform.